John Comer was born in Washington, D.C. in 1948. When he was
five years old, his family moved to Southern California where Comer
spent his days swimming and surfing in the Pacific. He began
painting at the age of 13 after receiving a box of paints for his
birthday, and he attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa where he
studied painting with Donna Sharkey and printmaking, etching,
serigraphy, and drawing with Bruce Piner. He continued his
education in painting with Robert Frame at Santa Barbara City College
in 1968 and studied printmaking with Stephen Cortwright and painting
and drawing with Irma Cavat at the University of California at Santa
Barbara in 1969.
In the 1970s, while quickly ach
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